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St. John's Episcopal Church
15 N. Idaho
Butte, Montana 59701

OHS Database ID 19684.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 26, 2009.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 10 stops. 40 registers. 10 ranks. 737 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- This was a console replacement for the original 1944 M.P. Möller console which had been failing electrically/mechanically for some time. A used, III-manual Balcom and Vaughan console with an existing Peterson solid state coupler and combination system was located in Seattle from First Free Methodist Church (Op. 771, 1969). This proved to be a far more cost-effective answer than rebuilding the original Moller drawknob console (which is now for sale). Aadditional stops were added to the Swell, Great, and Pedal utilizing the existing unit stops. The Choir retained the same number of stops, but had its stoplist altered on the unit Gemshorn. The organ is now MIDI-compatible and has a Yamaha sequencer. The Choir to Pedal 4' coupler was also added. Installation at the church was completed in October, 2005 by Clinton B. Meadway assisted by James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. November 21, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The original Möller drawknob console was sold in 2006 to a private party in Florida for a planned residence organ. (Database Manager. October 25, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. June 26, 2009)

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  • Stoplist copied from the console August, 2005
    Butte, Montana
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    M.P. Möller, Opus 7088, 1944
    Clinton B. Meadway - Replacement Console, Solid-State Relay, Tonal Changes.
    GREAT (Expressive w/CH)
       8'     Open Diapason             73
       8'     Flute Harmonique    (Ch)  --
       8'     Gemshorn            (Ch)  --
       4'     Octave                    73
       4'     Flute               (Ch)  --
       4'     Gemshorn            (Ch)  --
       2-2/3' Gemshorn            (Ch)  --   Stop added 2005.
       2'     Octavin             (Ch)  --   Stop added 2005.
              Chimes                    --   Prepared-for.
       Great to Great 16'
       Great Unison Off
       Great to Great 4'
    SWELL (Expressive)
       16'    Bourdon                   12   Extension of the 8' Stopped Flute.
       8'     Stopped Flute             61
       8'     Salicional                61
       8'     Vox Celeste         (tc)  61
       4'     Orchestral Flute          12   Extension of the 8' Stopped Flute.
       4'     Salicet                   12   Extension of the 8' Salicional.
       2-2/3' Twelfth                   --   Derived from the Stopped Flute unit.
       2'     Piccolo                   12   Extension of the 8' Stopped Flute.
       1-3/5' Tierce                    --   Derived from the Stopped Flute unit. 57 notes. Stop added 2005. 
       8'     Trumpet                   73
       Swell to Swell 16'
       Swell Unison Off
       Swell to Swell 4'
    CHOIR (Expressive w/GT)
       8'     Flute                     73   Harmonique.
       8'     Gemshorn                  61
       4'     Flute                     12   Extension of the 8' Flute.
       4'     Gemshorn                  12   Extension of the 8' Gemshorn.
       2'     Gemshorn                  12   Extension of the 8' Gemshorn.
       1-1/3' Larigot                   --   Derived from the Gemshorn unit. 54 notes. Stop added 2005.
       1'     Sifflote                  --   From the Gemshorn unit. 49 notes. Stop added 2005.
       8'     Clarinet                  73
       Choir to Choir 16'
       Choir Unison Off
       Choir to Choir 4'
    PEDAL (Expressive)
       32'    Resultant           (Gt)  --   Stop added 2005. From the Open Diapason.
       16'    Open Diapason       (Gt)  12   Extension of the 8' Open Diapason.
       16'    Bourdon                   32   In the Swell chamber.
       16'    Lieblich Gedeckt    (Sw)  --
       8'     Octave           (Gt/Ch)  --   Stop added 2005. From the Open Diapason; partially from the Flute Harmonique.
       8'     Major Flute               12   Extension of the 16' Bourdon.
       8'     Flute Dolce         (Sw)  --
       8'     Gemshorn            (Ch)  --   Stop added 2005.
       4'     Flute Ouverte       (Ch)  --   Stop added 2005. From the Flute Harmonique.
       4'     Clarinet            (Ch)  --   Stop added 2005.
       Swell to Pedal                  8,4
       Great to Pedal                  8,4
       Choir to Pedal                  8,4
       Swell to Great               16,8,4
       Choir to Great               16,8,4
       Swell to Choir               16,8,4
       Full Organ                    1 - 8
       Swell                         1 - 5
         Sw. to Ped.                 (rev)
         Sw. to Gt.                  (rev)
         Sw. to Pos.  [Ch]           (rev)
       Great                         1 - 5
         Gt. to Ped.                 (rev)
       Positiv  [Choir]              1 - 5
         Pos. to Ped.                (rev)
         Pos. to Gt.                 (rev)
       Pedal                         1 - 5
       Sforz                         (rev)
       General                       1 - 8
       Pedal                         1 - 5
       Gt. to Ped.                   (rev)
       Sforz.                        (rev)
       Swell Expression             (bal.)
       Gt/Ch Expression             (bal.)
       Crescendo                    (bal.)
    ACTION: E-P pitman & unit
    VOICES; 10
    STOPS: 36
    RANKS: 10
    PIPES: 737
    This was the installation of a used, 3-man. Balcom and Vaughan console
    from First Free Methodist in Seattle, which itself had been upgraded to a
    solid state combination action by Peterson.  The Möller drawknob console,
    while of quarter-sawn oak and beautiful, had come to the end of its
    useful life. Electrical contacts for notes, couplers, and even pistons
    were all breaking at an increasing rate, and the expense to convert it to
    solid state was not cost-effective. It was also too big to allow it to be
    re-oriented in the space allowed for the console. The Balcom and Vaughan
    console was purchased inexpensively and refurbished with new engraved
    rocker tablets as required.
    A new Syndyne relay was used to operate the switching for the organ. This
    new relay allowed some opportunities to enlarge the stoplist by eight
    additional speaking stops not previously present. The organ is also now
    MIDI compatible and has a sequencer to allow record and playback.
    [Received on line from James R. Stettner June 26, 2009.]
  • Click Here Stoplist copied from the console August, 2005 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.